Sunday, March 1, 2015

A Hint of Spring

Welcome back!
I just returned from my first ever vacation to miss some of our extreme weather here...after all the weather most anywhere is better than the 45 below zero that I left behind.  So I return feeling spring is closer than any other year on the 1st of March :-)

The Mixed Media Card Challenge theme this month is a Hint of Spring. And let us hope that "Spring is in the Air" when we are ready to send our cards!

I began my card with an embossed background. Watercolored with distress inks and covered with gloss medium and accented with some gold lame droplets.

The butterfly is a Tim Holtz die and stencil combo.  Using a brayer I heat embossed the high embossed areas with clear embossing powder.  And water colored wet-on-wet with distress inks.
And accented with Pearl Paint, Inka Gold and Mica Gloss. 

An newly emerging trend is the return of adding foil highlights to handmade projects.  On the left margin of my card I used packing material as the corrugated base and ironed the foil on top.  A fun way to add a little shine to a mixed media project.
This graphic links you back to MMCC.

My design team friends also share details of their inspiration cards on their blogs. Hope you get a chance to visit them too!.

Remember the calendar tells us spring begins on March 20. Looking forward to see what you create!


  1. this has beautiful colors Jan :)

  2. A wonderfully textured and colored background for the equally beautiful butterfly Jan! Glad to hear you got away from the cold for a bit - we haven't been that cold here in MA but we do have 6' piles of snow and more on the way today!!

  3. Gorgeous colours Jan. The blue and purple look amazing with the gold accents. Love all the incredible texture and depth from your layers of embossing and stenciling. Loll xx

  4. Really pretty Jan! Love the BG and colors!

  5. So pretty! the texture is incredible :)

  6. fabulous card! I think I might "need" that butterfly die ;-)....

  7. Thought this looked incredibly Spring-y and wondered if your weather was better than normal. Now I know! Funny, I just ventured back to MI to see my folks and get my fill of "winter".


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